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Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

The Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies offers an extensive platform for academics and scholars engaged in the study of Shi‘i Islam to present their latest research. This event encourages a dynamic exchange of ideas, facilitating in-depth discussions on Shi‘i thought, practices, and cultural heritage. By bringing together diverse perspectives, the conference aims to advance the academic discourse on Shi’i Studies.

Ninth Annual Conference on Shi‘i Studies

Date: Saturday, 11th May 2024

Time: 09:00 – 18:30

Venue: The Islamic College

Open to scholars, students, and all interested in Shi‘i Studies, the conference is public and requires prior registration for attendance. 


This schedule is provisional and therefore subject to change.

8:30-9:00 Arrival

9:00-9:05 Introduction – Dr Mohammed Ali Ismail, Director of Research and Publications, The Islamic College

9:05-9:45 Keynote speech – Prof. Robert Gleave, University of Exeter

9:45-11:15 Session 1

Faith, Ontology, and Eschatology

Room F21

Chair: Amina Inloes

The Ritual Practice of Ziyārah and its Ontological Foundations in the Work of Avicenna

Vinay Khetia, Shia Research Institute, Toronto, Canada

Redemptive Eschatology in Christianity And Shi‘a Islam: A Brief Analysis of Eschatological Hope in Two Religious Traditions

Maryam Omidi, The Islamic College, London, UK; The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA

Traces and Transfer: Life and Death in Wādī al-Salām

Noor Zaidi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

Biographical Studies

Room F12

Chair: Saeid Sobhani

Unveiling the Untold Exploring Female Narratives in Early Shi‘a Collective Biographies of the Imams

Zahra Azhar, Independent researcher, The Hague, Netherlands

The Shi‘i Women of Northern Nigeria, 1994-2015

Huzaifa Dokaji, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

From Wukalāʾ to Designated Deputies of Twelfth Shi‘i Imam

Makbul Rahim, Independent researcher, London, UK

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-1:00 Session 2

The Qur’an and Hadith

Room F21

Chair: Mohammed Ali Ismail

The Probative Force (Ḥujjiyat) of Non-Renowned Reports (Akhbār Āḥād) in the Interpretation of the Qur’an

Maryamossadat Moballegh, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Shi‘i Tafsīr in the Akhbārī Period

Liyakat Takim, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

A Rebuttal to ‘Ali Dashti’s Views on the Prophet Muḥammad and his Miracles

Saeid Sobhani, The Islamic College, London, UK

Science and Technology

Room F12

Chair: Amir De Martino

An Islamic Medicine? An Epistemological Scrutiny and Historical Examination of Bīmāristāns in Baghdad in the First Abbasid Era

Ali Hussain al-Hakim, Independent researcher, London, UK

Zainab Al-Wasiti, Al-Mustansiriyyah Universaity, Baghdad

A Critique of ‘Modern Science’ from the Perspective of Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Adam Ient, Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, UK

Metaverse and Imaging Shi‘ism in a Virtual Reality: A Prolegomena to Any Future Shi‘i Studies

Malakeh Shahi, Metaschool, Berlin, Germany

Fiqh and Doctrine

Room F13

Chair: Amina Inloes

The Status of Expediency (Maṣlaḥah) in the Socio-Governmental Jurisprudence in the Shi‘i Paradigm

Maryam Bafgi, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran

Revisiting Nushūz: Unveiling Diverse Perspectives through a Critical Analysis of Muslim Commentators, Towards an Alternative Interpretation

Fateme Najjarzadehgan, University of Tehran, Iran

Fathullah Najjarzadehgan, University of Tehran, Iran

1:00-1:15 Student Awards (Room F21)

1:15-2:15 Lunch

2:15-3:00 Book Launch (Room F21)

3:00-4:30 Session 3

Mysticism and Esotericism

Room F21

Chair: Hamid Tehrani

Mysticism in the Formation of Shi‘i Statehood in Iran: From Ismāʿīl Ṣafavī to Rūḥullāh Khumaynī

Amir Mohammad Hakimi Parsa, St Andrews University, Dundee, Scotland

ʿIlm al-Ghayb: The Mystical Imamate of the Walī of our Time

Julia Katarina, The Islamic College, London, UK

The Shi‘i Isma‘ili Concept of Waṣiyyah: Exploring Esoteric Shari‘ah during the Alamūt Period

Antonio Torres Fernández, University of Alicante, Spain

Shi‘i Scholars

Room F12

Chair: Saeid Sobhani

Ayatollah Sistani’s Emotional Entrepreneurism During the Jihad Against ISIS 2014-2017

Ali Alsayegh, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

The Place of Waḥīd Al-Bihbahānī in Usūlism and his Views on Ijtihād, Taqlīd and Wilāyat al-Faqīh

Ibrahim Kutluay, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Turkey

The Contribution of Grand Ayatollah Milani to the Development of Mashhad Ḥawzah Islamic Studies programme

Seyed Jaafar Hosseini Milani, Independent researcher, London, UK

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-6:15 Session 4

India and Mongolia

Room F21

Chair: Amir De Martino

Vernacular Expressions of Shi‘ism in India

Imran Visram, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Shi‘i Revolution in the Shadow of the Nawab: Establishing a ‘Transnational Religious Economy’ between Post-Revolutionary Iran and Lucknow, India

Abid Zaidi, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

An Examination of Mongolian Tribal Genealogy Based on the Records of the Jāmiʿ al-Tawārīkh and the Tārīkh-e Waṣṣāf

Wu Hanqi, Inner Mongolia University, China

 Human Nature and Knowing

Room F12

Chair: Hamid Tehrani

Cultivating Spiritual Morality: Integrating Social Emotional Intelligence in Early Childhood Education for Holistic Development

Shahnaaz Alidina, Independent researcher, Richmond Hill, Canada

A Critical Analysis of Abdulkarim Soroush’s Thought on Religious Knowledge

Tim Orr, Indiana University–Purdue University,  Indianapolis, USA

Imam ‘Alī’s Teachings for Transcendent Anthroposophy

Husain Heriyanto, Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia

 6:15-6:30 Closing Address – Dr Isa Jahangir, Principal of The Islamic College


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Conference Proceedings

Proceedings of the first seven Annual International Conferences on Shi‘i Studies (2015-2022)

These seven books comprise papers presented at the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 conferences. All 7 are paperback. Price: £10 each or 7 for £55.

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